New twist in Leigh Matthews case
Johannesburg - A mystery man could hold the key to finally resolving what really happened to murdered student Leigh Matthews, a report said on Monday.
Information about a man named “Silvanus” was brought to eblockwatch - an online neighbourhood watch - by an anonymous source who appears to have information on the Matthews murder and wants to clear his conscience, The Star reported on Monday.
“We don’t know who he [the source] is, but we are convinced he is genuine and he has promised to give us more,” said eblockwatch creator and owner Andre Snyman. “For all we know, it could be [Silvanus] himself who is speaking.”
The online group with 80 000 members has been actively involved with the Matthews case since her disappearance first made headlines. She was abducted on 9 July 2004.
Leigh’s father, Rob Matthews welcomed the news and said “it fits with what we know”.
“I suppose it’s okay to say, because the information is already in the public domain, but we believe it’s linked to the guy on the bridge,” The Star quoted Matthews as saying.
He was referring to information published by Piet Byleveld in his book, in which he mentions how he used cellphone records to place a friend of Moodley's on a bridge over the ransom drop-off point.
Donovan Moodley is the only person who has been convicted for the kidnapping and murder.
The judge who jailed him, Joop Labuschagne, ruled that accomplices were still walking free.